Sole DXB & Cinema Akil screen ‘Style Wars’ Presented by Cadillac
Henry Chalfant & Tony Silver
1983 | English | 69’
USA | Documentary | G
A slide of moments from the national premiere of ‘Style Wars’- The film captured key moments that have shaped, drawn from and influenced the hip hop and street art movement from the early 80s until today.
The program was followed by a conversation with Henry Chalfant, one of the foremost authorities on subway art and urban youth culture in New York City, and Carlos Mare, a NYC based sculptor and painter who in 1985 pioneered a novel version of urban graffiti as modern sculpture.
Directed by Tony Silver and produced by Tony Silver and Henry Chalfant, it was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. ‘Style Wars’ is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis.
‘Style Wars’ captured the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art. New York’s legendary kings of graffiti and b-boys own a special place in the hip hop pantheon.
‘Style Wars’ has become an emblem of the original, embracing spirit of hip hop as it reached out across the world from underground tunnels, uptown streets, clubs and playgrounds.
19:05 STYLE WARS (2015) by Tony Silver
20:30 Q&A with Henry Chalfant and Carlos Mare moderated by Susie Iliyan
7pm, Thursday 17th November 2016
Dubai Design District (d3)